St Pauli & Reeperbahn

If wax museums are your thing, Hamburg has a decent version with more than 120 figures spread over four floors. Everyone gets a run, from Queen Elizabeth and Pope Benedict XVI to Angelina Jolie and St Pauli identity Olivia Jones.

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Nearby St Pauli & Reeperbahn attractions

1. St Pauli Nachtmarkt

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Wednesday late afternoon and evening is a terrific time to be in St Pauli when the weekly night market takes over Spielbudenplatz with food stalls, live…

2. Tanzende Türme

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Watching over the eastern gateway to St Pauli since 2011, the 'Dancing Towers' are a Hamburg icon. The two towers buck and weave by up to 3m from the…

3. Davidwache

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South of the Reeperbahn stands the star of many a German crime film and TV show, the Davidwache. This brick police station, festooned with ornate ceramic…

4. Sankt Pauli Museum

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To make historical sense of St Pauli, this museum is an excellent place to start. It takes you back to the earliest days of the neighbourhood, brings to…

5. Herbertstrasse

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Along Davidstrasse, a painted tin wall bars views into Herbertstrasse, a block-long bordello that’s off-limits to men under 18 and to women of all ages…

6. Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte


Hamburg's history museum has lots of kid-friendly features: it's chock-full of intricate ship models, has a large model train set (which runs on the hour)…

7. Beatles-Platz

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Designed like a vinyl record, it has abstract steel sculptures resembling cookie cutters of the Fab Four (including a hybrid of Ringo Starr and Pete Best).

8. Rickmer Rickmers

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The 1886 three-masted steel windjammer Rickmer Rickmers is now a museum ship; from the restaurant on deck you have fine harbour views.